At least 20 people have been killed after an Indonesian air force plane crashed in a residential neighbourhood in the city of Medan on the northern island of Sumatra.
The AFP news agency, citing medical officials, said 20 bodies had been brought in to a local hospital’s morgue after the C-130 plane came down on Tuesday.
Mardiaz Dwihananto, police chief of Medan city, was quoted as saying:”The bodies were in [the] debris of the plane and buildings…we are taking the bodies one by one by ambulance to Adam Malik hospital. We haven’t managed to evacuate all of the bodies”.
It is the second time in 10 years that a plane has crashed into a Medan neighbourhood. In September 2005, a Mandala Airlines Boeing 737 crashed shortly after takeoff from Medan’s Polonia airport, into a crowded residential community, killing 143 people including 30 on the ground.